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Let us get a strong Lokpal but don’t delegitimatize politics & election: JP

Posted by on April 8, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan today appealed to people not to demonize politics and politicians in the wake of the groundswell of support to social activist Anna Hazare’s indefinite fast seeking constitution of an independent and powerful Lok Pal.

In a media statement, Dr. JP expressed confidence that the Union Government would bow to public opinion and bring forward strong legislation to curb corruption. Anna Hazare succeeded in galvanizing a large section of people who have remained indifferent to the day-to-day functioning of democracy, corruption, banality and decadence in public life. He hoped that the Government would involve all stakeholders in the drafting of the law. In fact, such a sensible and consensual approach marked the enactment of the Right to Information law.

People, however, should realize that that there are no quick fixes or a panacea for combating corruption. Strong legislation is no doubt necessary but not sufficient. Many people who pinned their hopes on the RTI Act transforming governance were disappointed, not because it was a bad law but because of their unrealistic expectations. Do not expect a piece of legislation or a novel institution to undo all the damage done to democracy over decades.

Dr. JP said that it is time young people shed their cynicism and indifference, accepted the burden of leadership and took part in politics. The media, said Dr. JP, has played a fantastic role in promoting public awareness about corruption.(NSS)

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